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Ankylosing Spondylitis and Receiving Social Security Disability

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You probably already know that arthritis is a disease that affects the joints of your body.  Did you know that there are over 100 types of arthritis, and that some also affect your organs and other parts of your body? Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that is known by several names. Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is also known as Bechterew's disease, Bechterew syndrome, Marie Strümpell disease, Marie Struempell disease and spondyloarthritis. Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic, painful, degenerative inflammatory arthritis that primarily affects your spine and sacroiliac joints. It causes eventual fusion of your spine. Ankylosing spondylitis is an autoimmune disease. What this means is that it causes your immune system to attack your joints. Besides this feature of the disease, ankylosing spondylitis also has in common with rheumatoid arthritis that they are both inflammatory joint diseases. Only 0.25% of the population of the United States is affected by ankylosing spondylitis.  There are three times as many men as there are women who are affected with this disease. There are several ways in which ankylosing spondylitis may affect you. Some of the early signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis are pain and stiffness in your lower back and hips. Later, the stiffness can include your shoulders, knees and feet. In the advanced stages of this disease you may experience: §  Fatigue §  Weight loss §  Chronic stooping §  Loss of appetite §  Bowel inflammation §  Eye inflammation §  Restricted chest expansion. As ankylosing spondylitis grows more serious, the effects that it causes may make it hard for you to get and hold a job. It may be the cause of you or a loved one’s disability. If this is you or your loved one’s situation, do you need assistance? Are you in need of financial help? Where will it come from? Who will help you? Have you or your loved one applied for that financial assistance from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by ankylosing spondylitis? Were you or your loved one denied by the Social Security Administration? If so, you may be wondering what to do now? You may wonder what options you have open to you. One option that you or your loved one has is to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration. If this is what you decide to do, here is something for you to keep in mind. You or your loved one will need an established disability lawyer like the one you will find at to advise and counsel you in what can be a long and trying process. The reason that this is true is because people who have an experienced disability attorney on their side are approved more often than those people who do not have a lawyer. Do not put this off. Do not wait. This may affect you or your loved one for the rest of your life. Contact the good disability attorney at, today.
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